Deputy Director & Vice President for Research


WHOI staff and students to train as Carpentries instructors

Thanks to a Technical Staff Training Award, several WHOI staff and students will be able to train as Carpentries instructors in 2020! Congratulations to Brett Longworth in G&G and Karen Soenen and Amber York in Biology! We will be planning several Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry Workshops later this year. Contact for more info.

New NSF EarthCube Solicitation

EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences


Deadline and target date March 12, 2020. Projects being accepted for consideration include:

  • Science-Enabling Data Capabilities
  • Pilots
  • Research Coordination Networks (RCNs)
  • Supplements - for science adoption or data resource adoption - to integrate NSF-funded work with EarthCube.
Informational webinar with Q&A on the EarthCube solicitation for Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm EST. Please follow the link to view the webinar
Meeting number: 902 917 734
Meeting password: EarthCube2020!

What is Informatics?

Informatics can be described as the science and technologies that transform data into information and knowledge. Informatics is more than computer science or information technology. It refers to the structures, behavior and interactions of systems that store, process, and communicate information. Examples of domain-specific informatics include: Bioinformatics, Biodiversity informatics, Geoinformatics, and Social informatics. The science and technologies of Ocean informatics are now emerging, with many examples shown here in the Projects tab on this webpage.

Ocean Informatics at WHOI

Phase 2 of Ocean Informatics at WHOI began in 2013 and has several strategic goals (see Phase 2 page). The Ocean Informatics advisory group currently consists of Stace Beaulieu (coordinator of the group, in Biology Dept.), Danie Kinkade (Biology), Joe Futrelle (IS), and Lisa Raymond (Co-Director MBLWHOI Library). Please feel free to contact any member of the group with questions. Also, please contact us if you are interested in joining the advisory group.

Phase 1 was active from 2009-2013, led by a 4-person Ocean Informatics Working Group. This Working Group recommended a strategy and an action plan to build a robust data informatics infrastructure at WHOI. Thanks to a modest budget provided by the WHOI directorate alongside synergistic staff resources provided by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the group achieved its initial core mission of initiating and expanding a basic Ocean Informatics infrastructure at WHOI. The group and partners brought in external support, established new collaborations, and produced a suite of software tools along with other accomplishments detailed in a final report (see Phase 1 page).

Last updated: January 24, 2020